Politics by Principle, Not Interest


""Politics by principle is that which modern politics is not. What we observe is 'politics by interest, ' whether in the form of explicitly discriminatory treatment (rewarding or punishing) of particular groupings of citizens or of some elitist-dirigiste classification of citizens into the deserving or non-deserving on the basis of a presumed superior wisdom about what is really 'good' for us all. The proper principle for politics is that of generalization of generality."" -James M. Buchanan, from the PrefaceIn his ...

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